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I picked up John Wyndhams book after enjoying the BBC television production of the same name. I have to say I really enjoyed Wyndhams take on the end of the world. The morning after a meteorite shower dazzles the planet our main characters awake to not only a world gone blind but to new predators that now have the upper hand over humankind. Though it was a rather dark book, I thought the reader could find a lot of hope in the characters. There were several noteworthy characters in the novel, and while they could have been super depressed about the drastic events that had led them to be some of the last human survivors, they were determined to live.
There were several things I enjoyed about this novel. First, I really liked Wyndhams characters. They searched for new bonds and human connections, expressed ingenuity in learning how to survive in a new world, and had tenacity to start again after their failures. I found myself really caring about and rooting for the survival of my favorite protagonists. Second, Wyndhams apocalypse was pretty original in my opinion. He also created an intriguing and unpredictable villain in the triffids. I liked the new perspective of survival as the weaker species.
This is a short book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys science fiction. Or to anyone interested in contemplating how society might rise again in the face of unparalleled calamity.
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